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President Obama’s Cairo speech in 17 languages

Written By: daveski on June 5, 2009 4 Comments

The White House website announced that the State Department has prepared translations of President Obama’s major “A New Beginning” speech delivered at Cairo University .

There are translations into 13 languages so far: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu and Portuguese. And at the time of my writing this post, the Dari, Hebrew, and Malay translations were listed as “in progress”.

Also, the White House is promoting a 3 min. 30 sec. mini-documentary video in English, “Muslim Americans Serving in the U.S. Government”.

Hope to see more of this from the White House!

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4 Responses to “President Obama’s Cairo speech in 17 languages”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 5 June 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Hmmm David, I couldn’t find any info on why these particular languages were chosen over others. It’s a very interesting selection of languages, and I wonder if they explain anywhere why they began with them.

  2. sirpa on: 6 June 2009 at 8:54 am

    But NOT in Finnish!!! Discrimination, racial profiling . . . I’m going on strike!!!

  3. daveski on: 7 June 2009 at 9:54 am

    Maybe you should offer to work at the State Department so they can have a Finnish translation! 🙂

    But seriously, yeah, I wonder about this. I looked a little on the State Dep’t website but couldn’t find more info.

    Did find one more not-so-subtle example of how “other languages” are implied to link to “liberal extremist” views, as if there is only one, conservative, “English”, from The Stiletto Blog. (see beginning where they say

    Obama’s speech was translated into 13 languages and disseminated by E-mail and Web video worldwide, in “an effort to turn technology, which has been a powerful recruiting tool for radical Islamic terrorists, to a tool of outreach and influence for the U.S.,” notes The Washington Times. Here, nine passages from the speech and what they mean in English:

  4. Juliet Kunkel on: 9 June 2009 at 5:57 am

    Translate to Spanish please! I’m a bit puzzled why it is translated to Portuguese and not Castellano…there must be dozens of Spanish-speakers in the Obama administration who could knock out a quick translation!

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